Nearly 400 missing ballots were opened from Milwaukee in Wis on election day, according to a recount paid by President Trump’s team.
The mistake was caused by human error, city election officials said.
President-elect Joe Biden won by 20,600 votes in Wisconsin. Trump only paid for the recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the counties that received the most votes for Biden.
The campaign paid $ 3 million for a partial recount, as required by state law, in hopes of discovering and rejecting missing-title ballots allegedly filled by election officials.
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The city’s chief election official, Claire Woodall-Vogg, said the 386 votes will now be added to the final amount as Wisconsin has not yet verified its election results.
“If a positive comes out of the recount, it’s that all votes really count, including this 386,” Woodall-Vogg said.
Unopened ballots were found under a pile of ballots, he said. The county bar association unanimously voted to count the ballot papers as part of the recount.
By Tuesday morning, the recounted ballots, not counting the newly discovered ones, showed Trump a net increase of 57 votes.
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The recount began slowly last week, but as of Tuesday, work was “very close to getting back on schedule,” and it could be completed on Wednesday, said Brian Rothgery, a spokesman for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.
The recount must be completed by December 1, a deadline in Wisconsin to validate your results.
The Trump campaign is widely expected to sue tens of thousands of absentees once the recount is complete.
And while the Wisconsin recount continues, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada have confirmed their results in favor of Biden this week.
But Trump’s campaign is appealing against a federal judge’s rejection of his campaign to block Pennsylvania’s vote verification.
The Third Court of Appeals upheld the campaign’s request for a speedy review of dismissal, where the judge issued a firm order for postal irregularities claims by postal vote.
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The case was seen as a long shot to stop Biden’s inauguration, but one of Trump’s biggest hopes was to influence the election results through the court, given the state’s 20 stakes.
Fox News Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.